15th July 2016

Where to go in September and October

Counting down the days to your next trip? We’ve got you covered this autumn with our round-up of Europe’s best destinations to discover in September and October…



Germany: All eyes are on Munich when Oktoberfest, the world-famous German beer festival pitches up in Theresienwiese from mid September to early October.  Pack your Lederhosen and get ready for an extravaganza of giant pretzels, Oompah bands and of course, gallons and gallons of ice-cold beer. Prost!



Ireland: A combination of mild weather and lively events makes September one of the best months to visit Ireland. The party kicks off in Stradbally Co. Laois with the Electric Picnic  festival. Heading west, Galway welcomes visitors from around the world to raise a toast at the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival.  Meanwhile in Dublin, it’s all go as Croke Park plays host to thousands of sports fans for the GAA All-Ireland Championship finals.



Italy: In Tuscany, foodies can look forward to an autumn feast of fresh figs, mushrooms, truffles and olive oil, while in Milan it’s a case of handbags at dawn when the fashion pack rolls into town for Fashion Week. Always wanted to see Venice? The city is at its most romantic in September, with beautiful sunsets and ethereal mists veiling the canals.



Portugal: Locals will tell you September is the perfect time to plan a beach break in the Algarve or Lisbon Coast.  The sea is still warm, there’s still a stretch in the evenings and best of all, beaches are virtually deserted. Playing away? Surf is more consistent off the Atlantic coast and mild autumn temperatures make this the perfect month for a round of golf in the Algarve.




Greece: Make the most of cooler temperatures in Athens and explore the iconic wonders of Ancient Greece without the long queues and sweltering heat of high summer. Up for an island hopping adventure?   Paradise isles such as Santorini and Mykonos continue to bask in balmy weather throughout September and can be reached within a short 40-minute flight from the Greek capital.





Italy: Fly to Rome in October and you’ll find the eternal city bathed in autumn’s honey-coloured light.  As it’s no longer peak season, there’s no need to battle your way through selfie sticks at the Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps and the Colosseum. Wander the beautiful Trastevere neighbourhood at your own pace and enjoy cheaper rates at hotels and accommodation throughout the city.



Spain: Seville sizzles during June, July and August but if you play your cards right and plan a trip in October you’ll be able to fully appreciate the cobbled streets of the Santa Cruz quarter and the magnificent Alcázar Palace without breaking a sweat.  Autumn sees Ibiza’s major clubs winding down for another season.  Enjoy one last tune at the closing parties which take place in the first week of October. Dreaming about chilling by the pool? Sunshine and sangria await in Lanzarote, Tenerife and Fuerteventura.



Denmark: With crisp autumn weather in the air, the Danes fully embrace their cosy ‘hygge’ traditions. Wrap up warm, October is the perfect time to fall for the charms of Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, snuggle up with a hot drink at Nyhavn or see the sights made famous by Hans Christian Anderson.  Meanwhile in Billund, there’s half-term thrills galore at Legoland.



Malta: It may be hat and scarf season at home, but in the Mediterranean, the island of Malta is kicking back to temperatures in the mid twenties. It’s warm enough to swim in the sea and there’s plenty of ancient and medieval sights to explore in around the cities of Valetta and Mdina – you’ll probably even recognise a few of them from Game of Thrones.


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Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.


  • Dingo

    Like the thinking of Ryanair and to work out great possibilities to go places! Well done! Waiting for the winterbrek specials!

    26th July 2016 at 7:31 pm
  • Philip O'M

    Please give us more choices all year round from CORK AIRPORT
    We are the forgotten people!

    3rd August 2016 at 10:36 pm
  • Mark Mitchell

    Get some flights to Tirana,Albania.Just returned from 3 weeks and it is a fantastic country and the Adriatic coast is to die for.Get in there early,I’m telling you it’s the coming thing,prices are still fantastic.Serves beach holidays and the history of the place is incredible,castles,Roman ruins,brilliant Last but not least the people are wonderful.

    9th August 2016 at 11:29 am
    • Dionissis Christopoulos

      Mark , how the locals behave to tourists in Albania? I heard not well , is that true? is it safe to spend around week there? what about crime? no reason to worry about it when I’m in Albania as a foreigner? and especially Greeks like myself who I am ? ‘hope all my questions to be negative so I can visit Albania where I never been in my entire life.
      Please, Mark answered to me as soon as possible………thank you very much for any information about Albania as a holiday place and suggest me the most appropriate city to stay more during the voyage. Love , Dionissis from Athens.

      16th September 2016 at 11:28 pm
  • Margaret Clifford

    Send me offers for Dublin

    24th August 2016 at 5:53 pm
  • patrick

    Warm breaks in winter please.

    16th September 2016 at 6:49 pm
  • Pat O Dwyer

    Would like an option of Ireland direct to billund

    16th September 2016 at 10:08 pm
  • Claudiu

    Great website.

    17th September 2016 at 4:11 am
  • Dorothy Vickers

    Thank you so much but l should just like a rest in a nest like a small village.

    17th September 2016 at 4:35 pm
  • Aadu

    My favorite flying company

    17th September 2016 at 7:57 pm
  • Lynn Whitfield

    I don’t care where I go or when I go, if I can fly for £9:99 I’ll go away every weekend, but I can’t find these flights. Why can’t I choose the price and then be offered a selection of destinations

    18th September 2016 at 9:57 pm
    • Dee Murray
      Dee Murray

      Hi Lynn – you can do that on our FareFinder page. Just type in the maximum amount you want to spend on a flight (so try £10) and FareFinder will give you your options! 🙂

      Here’s the link for you: https://www.ryanair.com/ie/en/cheap-flights

      21st September 2016 at 7:48 am
  • Tony

    What about a flight from Dublin to central france, Tours, Limoges, Poitiers?

    19th September 2016 at 2:34 pm
  • Tony

    Or better still, from Belfast.

    19th September 2016 at 2:35 pm
  • Ann mc Grath

    I use Ryanair a lot when I can I visit my family a lot 12 grandkids daughter 2 sons I love Ryanair I will be all so going on Ryanair nex September for my 60 birthday

    20th September 2016 at 12:50 pm
  • David Pritchard

    I really love the Algarve during September. One of Europe’s best destinations provided by Ryanair

    30th December 2016 at 2:31 am

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